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Two things that saved me when I suffered mental illness – Toke Makinwa

OAP Toke Makinwa has revealed her struggle with a certain mental illness which is known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

She said medical therapy and forgiveness helped her through her recovery process.

The 35-year-old entrepreneur, shared a video of Oprah Winfrey addressing her tense relationship with her mother and how she struggled as a child who wasn’t accepted because of the colour of her skin.

In her caption, Toke wrote that everyone is broken and struggling with something. She added that she had to go into therapy to save her mental health.

”Therapy saved me, I’m not a hundred percent, but I can say therapy has really helped. One day I hope I am brave enough to share my journey of healing from PTSD through therapy.

”Forgive someone today,” she continued.

Born 3 November 1984 she is a Nigerian radio personality, television host, vlogger, lifestyle entrepreneur and author. She is known for hosting The Morning Drive on Rhythm 93.7 FM and for her YouTube vlog series Toke Moments. She released her book On Becoming in November 2016.

In 2010, Makinwa made her major media debut on Rhythm 93.7 FM’s The Morning Drive show as a co-host. In 2012, she made a television appearance as host of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) beauty pageant, which was broadcast live across Nigeria.

She co-hosted Flytime TV’s 3 Live Chicks, along with Tosyn Bucknor and Oreka Godis. The show debuted as a web series before expanding to terrestrial television in late 2012.

Makinwa did not renew her contract with Flytime TV for the show’s second season and was subsequently replaced by her radio colleague Omalicha. In 2012, Makinwa launched her YouTube vlog series Toke Moments.

In January 2014, Hip Hop World Magazine announced Makinwa as the host of its interview and talk series Trending. She also secured a spot on EbonyLife TV as a co-host of its flagship show Moments.

Makinwa has hosted numerous notable events, including the 2013 Future and City People Awards, as well as the 2014 Headies Awards.

Makinwa lost both of her parents in a fire accident when she was 8 years old. She released her memoir On Becoming in November 2016.

The book talks about her personal struggles and addresses the betrayal of her now ex-husband, Maje Ayida. Makinwa went on a book tour to promote the book. The tour included Nigeria, South Africa, the U.S, the U.K, and parts of East Africa.

On 15 January 2014, Makinwa married Maje Ayida, whom she had been involved with for eight years. In 2015, she separated from Ayida after discovering that he had impregnated his ex-girlfriend. On 5 October 2017, Makinwa’s marriage to Ayida was dissolved by a Lagos High Court on the grounds that Ayida committed adultery.

In 2017, Makinwa launched a handbag line under her eponymous label, Toke Makinwa Luxury. She also launched a skincare product called Glow by TM in 2018

Since relaunching her into being a new brand Toke Makinwa has been a force to reckon with in Nigerian media space.

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Written by Vivian Ifezue

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